The truth behind peanut butter is that there isn’t any butter involved. In fact, peanut butter in the United States is always made from at least 90% peanuts, so there’s not a lot of room to fit in any other buttery ingredients. The “peanut butter” name most likely just comes from the way it spreads easily, like butter!
In addition to peanuts, lots of other foods are also used to make “butters” that also don’t really contain any butter, but are probably get their name because they’re smooth pastes. Some good examples include almond butter, apple butter, and pumpkin butter. Yum!
Peanut butter is such a yummy snack! Many great uses for peanuts were the idea of George Washing Carver, who lived about a hundred years ago (in the late 1800s and early 1900s). Carver discovered over 300 ways to use peanuts, including milk, candies, coffees and even non-food products like lotions, shampoos, dyes, and ink!
Sources & links
“George Washington Carver.” History: Inventors. 2006. The Great Idea Finder. 12 Dec. 2010 “History of Peanut Butter.” Peanut-Butter.org. 12 Dec. 2010 Carver, George Washington. “List of Products Made from Peanuts.” Legacy of George Washington Carver. Tuskegee University. 12 Dec. 2010